India A suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Australia A team in the second match of the Quadrangular A-Team One Day Series at the Tony Ireland Stadium on Sunday. The most disheartening thing for the Indians were that they were bowled out for a mere 55 runs after just 15. 4 overs. For visitors, allrounder Axar Patel was able to get into double figures, as he was the highest scorer with 15 runs.
With India A team being bowled out for only 55 it was a just a matter of time before Australia A reached the target. Though they lost Marcus Stoinis (19) and Chris Lynn (0) early, the hosts surpassed the target in 17.1 overs. For India, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel grabbed a wicket each, returning figures of 1/17 and 1 for 8 respectively.
Kurtis Patterson and Marcus Stonis had commenced the chase for Australia. They got off to a steady start with the Indian bowlers failing to derail them. The first wicket stand lasted for 37 runs and then Chahal got one to sneak through Stonis’ (19) defence in the 9th over Axar raised a few India hopes by getting rid of captain Lynn but Peter Handscomb (11) and Patterson (23) made sure Australia got to the target without further setbacks.
Earlier in the innings, fast bowler Chris Tremain wrecked havoc within the Indian batting order with pace and swing. In the third over, he sent Karun Nair (7), Mandeep Singh (0) and Manish Pandey (0) packing with India struggling at 10 for 3.
After that, India couldn’t salvage their innings and Tremain was in no mood to let the visitors go off the hook too. In his next over, the seamer got rid of opener Faiz Fazal (3) and then castled youngster Sanju Samson (4).
After Tremain, it was the turn of Daniel Worrall’s turn to grab wickets. The right arm pacer first sent back Kedar Jadhav (3) and then erased the tail enders. Worrall finished with figures of 5 for 25.
The only wicket that was left was Axar Patel who wicket was picked up by Michael Neser.
Indian A team currently at the bottom of the points table with one loss from a game and a run rate of -2.162. Currently, Australia A is at the No.1 position while the National Performance Squad is at the second position and South Africa are at the third position. India A will meet South Africa A in the next match on August 17.